Formula E Holdings
Alejandro Agag is CEO of Formula E Holdings –a new FIA backed global motor racing Championship using cars powered solely by electricity, launched in September 2014. Born in Madrid in 1970, Alejandro Agag enjoyed an international upbringing in Madrid, Paris and New York, gaining fluency in English, Spanish, French and Italian.
Agag graduated in Economics and Business Studies at Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) in Madrid. After his graduation and the Partido Popular (PP)’s first election victory, Agag was named personal assistant of the Prime Minister. In 1999 Agag won a seat in the European Parliament, in the European People Party (EPP), becoming the youngest Spanish person to ever win a seat in the European Parliament at the age of 28.
In London 2002, Agag founded AAL Investments Ltd from which he developed his business activity. Initially, AAL focused on providing strategic consulting advice to international companies. In 2006 Agag founded Addax Capital LLP, an investment advisory company regulated by the FSA.
In 2012, Agag together with his business partner Enrique Bañuelos, a London-based real estate entrepreneur, created Formula E Holdings Ltd. The company signed an agreement with the FIA to exclusively promote the new FIA Formula E Championship featuring racing cars powered solely by electricity. Agag sees the research and development of electric racing cars as a catalyst for the development of tomorrow’s clean city cars.
Founder & CEO
In the wake of a promising career in finance, Yonathan Parienti resolved to found Horyou, the social network for social good. His strong knowledge of the international financial markets, drawn from his former senior executive responsibilities in major global banking groups such as JP Morgan Chase, Bank of China, and Julius Baer, added to his acknowledgement of the growing importance of the Internet. The infinite types of connections that it offers led him to envision a humanistic approach to technology in the form of a platform that is at the service of the promotion of social good and global impact.
With the growing importance of social networking, he saw the challenge of combining communication with technology to promote and advance ideas, projects, and actions at all levels – local, national, and global, and to encourage and help Internet users everywhere to connect for good. In February 2016, Parienti introduced Spotlight – the first Global Social Currency – to be used within the Horyou community with the aim to promote economic inclusion by distributing capital through social media.
Horyou’s major initiatives and achievements include SIGEF, the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum held annually, the Horyou Village of the Arts, Culture and Diversity, which took place in Cannes, France, during the world famous Film Festival in 2015, Horyou TV and Horyou Magazine, and the Global digital campaign #GreatDoingGood. In addition to being Horyou’s CEO, Parienti is also one of the the founders and General Secretary of the Horyou Foundation that supports positive initiative and solidarity in all human fields of activity on a global scale.
Yonathan Parienti, a strong believer in the importance of building bridges between peoples and cultures, is also convinced of the vital need to bring together the online and offline worlds. He is a regular speaker at international forums and gatherings on the subject of “connecting for good” and has notably spoken at conferences like UNESCO’s “Youth and the Internet” and AIESEC’s Youth Speak Forum. Parienti is also a frequent panellist at UN events on Sustainable Development Goals, such as the United Nations UNITAR conference on SDG for the Private Sector.
Asmâa Morine Azzouzi
Afem (Moroccan Association of Women Entrepreneurs)
Ms. Morine holds a postgraduate in International Business and an MBA in business intelligence and strategic management from the EGE Paris; she is an experienced entrepreneur and a very active woman in the economic sphere in favour women empowerment. She is of Moroccan origin.
Very active in Morocco, Asmâa MORINE AZZOUZI has accumulated a lot of experience in strategic consulting firms. Her areas of intervention are focused on the MENA region, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Model for Female Entrepreneurship, Asmâa MORINE AZZOUZI has over 20 years of professional experience including 15 years of entrepreneurship. She is a member of several professional associations or Think Tanks , Vice President of the TOP LEADERS club (monitoring and economic intelligence) in Paris and member of the AEGE (Alumni of the EGE in Paris).
Member of the FCEM Committee (World Federation of Women Entrepreneurs), Vice President of AFAEMME (Association of Organisations of Mediterranean Businesswomen), Asmâa MORINE AZZOUZI is also the President of AFEM, the Moroccan Association of Women Entrepreneurs. She also puts all her knowledge and expertise at the service of women aspiring to create their own business and for more responsibility in the economic and social life through a network of women incubators.
Hicham Bouzekri received his Engineer diploma in electronics and communications from the Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs, Rabat-Morocco in 1995.
After two years working as a microelectronics industrial process engineer for SGS-Thomson in Casablanca, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1997 to join the Master’s of Science program of the University of Florida, Gainesville from which he graduated in 1998. He obtained a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, College Station in 2002.
After graduating, he was among the pioneers who started STMicroelectronics’ Rabat Integrated Circuit Design center, a first in Africa. He held several management positions within STM and ST-Ericsson while concurrently holding an adjunct faculty position at Al Akhawayn University. He served as ST-Ericsson representative at USB-IF Board of Directors and as their representative in MIPI – Technical Steering Group and MIPI-Unipro workgroup vice-chair. He has co-authored a number of scientific publications and industry standards in wireless communications over the span of his 20 years of experience and was elected as an IEEE senior member.
After several years of successful leadership in driving innovative ecosystems involving industries and universities in Morocco, he co-founded and serves as the president of the Morocco Electronics Cluster (MMC) which evolved to become the Cluster Electronique, Microelectronique et Mechatronique du Maroc (CE3M), government backed non-for-profit Industry-Academic consortium. In 2013, he joined Mascir management team, a Moroccan non for profit foundation conducting market oriented R&D in Microelectronics, Biotechnology & Nano-materials. He currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer.
Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri
National Human Rights Commission, Qatar
Dr Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy in Political Science from CAIRO UNIVERSITY, and was elected in 2015 for a second term as Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) in Qatar with respect to the protection and promotion of human rights both domestically and internationally. Dr. Al Marri through his position as the chairman of the Qatar NHRC, which is accredited with “A” Status by the Global Alliance for National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), made a number of international and regional initiatives in the field of promotion and protection of human rights in many contexts. They range from combating terrorism, and the efforts to promote dialogue between those in charge of law enforcement, national institutions and civil society organizations, taking advantage of the best international practices with regard to achieving security and ensure the realization of human rights as two complementary responsibilities of States, to labor, BHR, CSR, And basic Human Rights such as the Right to Water and Sanitation.
Dr. Al Marri, organized and chaired the international conference on challenges to security and human rights in the Arab region, which was held in Doha during the period November 5-6, 2014. This conference was the first of its kind as it was attended by high level representatives of Arab interior ministries, civil organizations, national human rights institutions, and the United Nations human rights mechanisms. This made the conference a real breakthrough in the promotion of the partnership with the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers and the development of a program to implement the recommendations of the conference, promote the dialogue between national human rights institutions and the human rights offices at the interior ministries, reconsidering codes of conduct for security officials and develop the Arab Convention for combating terrorism.
Dr. Al Marri chairs the international working group emerged from the conference to activate and follow-up on its recommendations, which includes representatives from the Arab League, the UN High Commissioner for human rights, the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Interior ministers, and the Arab network of national human rights institutions. Dr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al Marri also has strong relationship with all partners in the field of human rights and security in the Arab region and throughout the world, especially the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers and human rights offices in many of interior, justice ministries and community organizations, in addition to the office of the High Commissioner for human rights of the United Nations which participated and sponsored all meetings and conferences organized.
Deputy Commissioner for EXPO 2017
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kazakhstan
Born on July 11, 1987 in Taraz (Republic of Kazakhstan). Graduated from the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (Almaty), where he gained Bachelor degree in international journalism and media management, then he gained Master degree in the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Kazakhstan, National School of State Policy (Astana).
He started his diplomatic service in 2010 as an attaché in the International Information Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2010-2012 he served as the Third Secretary of the International Information Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. In 2012 he was the Deputy Director of the Communication Center of the Prime Minister Administration. In 2013 he was Deputy Official Representative of the Central Communication Service under the President of Kazakhstan. In 2013 – First Secretary of the International Information Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Since August 2015 till present – Deputy EXPO 2017 Commissioner and Press Secretary of the EXPO 2017 Commissioner.
2009 – “Zhastar” Republican Youth Award nominated as the Talent of the Year.
2010 – “Daryn” State Youth Award of the Government of Kazakhstan.
François Maurel was born in Niamey, Niger, to a French father, a pilot in the Civil Aviation and an Indo-Madagascan mother. Intrepid adventurer, he traveled more than 25 countries.
He began his professional career in 2007 as a reporter and photographer for the agency Roots and Culture and becomes in 2008, photographer and freelance correspondent for various news agencies. After having been awarded by the Academy of Arts of the Royal House in 2007 (France), he founded his own agency in 2008: Studio Maurel International.
In 2012, François Maurel exhibited his work on “the peoples of the world” at the Grand Hotel Martinez in Cannes (France), at the opening of the film festival, and was one of the finalists in a big photo competition organized by National Geographic. In 2014 he started working on migrants in Sicily with MSF. François Maurel is a member since 2011 of the prestigious Academy Graphistudio, founder and president of the humanitarian association Perle in Madagascar, born in 2005. Recently, he founded the NGO “φ POUPOS”.
His work aims to show the differencies of people lives all around the world, the evolvement of our society, the effects of globalization on a large scale. He travels the world and enter into contact with different human and social realitiess: favelas in Rio de Janeiro, the slums of Africa, etc. Halfway between photography ethnological, anthropological, documentary and testing… a black and white world, seeking the nature of our humanity.
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Ayman T. Jamal
Founder & Managing Partner
Ayman Jamal serves as Founder and Managing Partner of Barajoun Entertainment, a leading animation and visual effects studio in the MENA region that provides a full suite of animation and computer generated imagery productions from concept design to final render. His main goal is to develop and produce stories that are inspirational and worth spreading among the youth worldwide in addition to participate in developing the Movie Making industry in the region.
Ayman is a distinguished professional with more than 18 years of experience in creative communications, marketing, and production. A prolific entrepreneur who has started eight companies in the past 14 years, he holds wide experience managing and producing media content, animation, television shows, documentaries, public service announcements that focuses on promoting better values for better living. One of his companies (Visualizit) won the 1st position in The 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in Saudi Arabia back in 2011 by Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority.
Ayman Jamal holds an MBA in Marketing and he is a member / board member of a variety of organizations including Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), Minaret Business Organization, and Jeddah Council for S&M Business Development. He was also the president of Jeddah Young Businessmen Committee for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2010 to 2013.
Taha Yousif Hassan
Mr. Taha Yousif Hassan is a UN accredited Arab speaker journalist. He is also accredited by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Switzerland.
As international journalis, he has worked for different Arab medias, among the others we can enumerate Radio Qatar and Radio Soudanaise, Al Jazeer net, the Ehyptian newspaper El Masriy El Youm, the Palestinian television and Soudan TV, Syrien TV, Kuwait TV, CBC TV, Arab News Agency, Cairo News Agency. He is also Press for Al Shariqua TV.
Currently, Mr. Taha Yousif Hassan is the Director of the Geneva Global Median Organization, representative of APTN (Associated Press Television News), and Press Correspondent for Saudi TV et Qatar TV. He is member of the Association of UN Accedited Journalists (ACANU), and member of the Association of Foreign Affaires Swiss Ministry Accredited Journalists.
Lamiae BENMAKHLOUF is deputy manager at MITC, a Moroccan public private partnership that manages several Technoparks in Morocco. She has held several positions at MITC, including Chief Financial Officer (2002-2007) and Director of Operational and Support Division (2008-2011).
As Director, she’s in charge of empowering ICT entrepreneurs by providing a working environment suitable for business development and improving networking with local and international economic players and support organizations.
Throughout the past fifteen years at Technopark, Lamiae BENMAKHLOUF has supported many entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives, through projects, competitions and mentoring programs. Lamiae BENMAKHLOUF studied finance and earned a DESA in finance at the Mohamed V University in Rabat (2001), and had pursuing an executive MBA at AL AKHAWAYN University.
Lamiae is a mother of two children.
ICBA-Agriculture for Tomorrow
Dr. Ismahane Elouafi is Director General of ICBA-Agriculture for Tomorrow since 2012. Before joining ICBA, she was leading the Research and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Ismahane holds a PhD in Genetics (Cordoba University, Spain) and has a passion for Science; its management; and its integration with Policy. Over her 15 years’ experience in agricultural research, Dr. Elouafi developed good understanding of Ag-Research, its potentials, and its challenges. She was successful in developing strategic partnerships with governments, institutions, academia, and private organizations in the national and international scientific research arena. Prior to joining ICBA, Ismahane held management positions with CFIA and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). She also worked as a scientist with CGIAR centers and JIRCAS (Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences).
She is a recipient of many international awards, including the National Reward Medal by His Majesty Mohamed VI, the King of Morocco (2014) and the Excellence in Science award from the Global Thinkers Forum (2014).
In 2014 and 2015, the CEO-Middle East Magazine listed Dr. Elouafi among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women; in the Science category. http://www.arabianbusiness.com/the-world-s-100-most-powerful-arab-women-541075.html and Muslim Science ranked Dr. Elouafi among the 20 Most Influential Women in Science in the Islamic World under the Shapers category.
Chris is a London based entrepreneur, FinTech investor, and mentor. He is a Managing Director at Techstars, a global ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses.
Chris has spent the majority of his professional career in the United Kingdom. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1995 and then from General Electric’s Financial Managment Program in 1997, he moved to the UK to join GE’s Consumer Finance business. He remained with this business until 2006, taking on various roles in Finance, Operations and Sales and Marketing. In late 2006 he co-founded a specialty finance business that became one of the UK’s fasted growing privately held companies. In 2014 Chris and his co-founders sold their business to a NASDAQ listed entity and large US Private Equity group.
Subsequent to the sale, Chris has been an active private investor, focussing primarily on disruptive FinTech companies. He is a seed investor in the UK’s first “mobile first” bank – Atom Bank, cyber-security company – Post Quantum, blockchain company – Everledger, open A.I. platform – Seldon and insurance-tech company – Cuvva, to name a few. He is also on the board of advisors of Rails Bank.
He believes that banking the unbanked population in the developing world can make a great contribution to reducing poverty and inequality. This has led him to mentor and invest in Atlas Money, which is providing mobile money on the blockchain in Ghana and invest in Egypt-based DoPay, which offers a card and app solution to employers who would otherwise pay their employees with cash. He has also worked closely with Ben Ben, which aims to provide visibility to insecure land parcels in Africa increase transparency of property title, increase government efficiency, and facilitate lending.
Techstars runs startup programmes and accelerators in >168 countries as well as an internal venture fund. At Techstars he spends time meeting founders, mentors partners and funders to help accelerate the growth and success of early stage FinTech companies. He has spoken at numerous UKTI Trade missions and frequently is asked to advise international banks who want to launch open-innovation platforms and governments who want to support startup ecosytems.
Majid El Bouazzaoui
Morocco Union of Inventors
Majid EL BOUAZZAOUI was born in 1977 in Morocco. He received an Electronics Engineer Diploma (Bachelor Degree) in 2004 and a Specialized Master Diploma in Programs and Projects Management (Master Degree) in 2008.
He worked in many companies and has more than 15 years of professional activities. He is actually the President of the Union of Inventors in Morocco and he is a jury board member in many national and international inventions’ events (Morocco, Canada, United States of America, Russian Federation, Poland, Romania).
He applied for 14 invention patents since 1997 and wins 29 International Awards (Trophies, Special Awards, 8 Gold and 4 Silver Medals) from IFIA, Canada, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Russian Federation, Croatia, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, Egypt, Lebanon and Libya. He also received the prestigious Royal Decoration from His Majesty the King Mohamed VI in 2016 (Officer Class of the National Order of Recompense in Morocco).
President E-STEM Morocco & Senior Advisor ICTs and Sustainable Development for COP22 Office of Moroccan Minister of Environment
Nezha Larhrissi is a Passionate ICT professional, having long experience in Telecoms and Sustainable Development. She serves currently as advisor to the Moroccan Minister of environment as UN Climate Conference COP22 Low Emissions Solutions Conference Director. In 2013 she graduated from Techwomen, a US exchange program led in Silicon Valley and targeted to women leaders in technology of the MEA & South Asia regions. Before that, she worked for fourteen (14) years in Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia Networks where she held multiple senior positions. Nezha is also currently involved in community projects related to women and youth empowerment. She co-founded eSTEM Morocco, a local NGO that aims at providing girls and young women with tools and self confidence to encourage them pursue careers in STEM fields. Nezha holds a Master’s of Sc. degree in Telecommunication Networks and Multimedia engineering from INPT Rabat where she is currently preparing a PHD thesis around the social, legal and economic framework for smart microgrids deployment in developing countries. Back in 2004, she contributed a Chapter in the book entitled “Advanced Cellular Network Planning and Optimization: 2G. 2.5G. 3G. Evolution to 4G” edited by John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Founder & Investor
Thorsten started his computer science career in the early 80s, when he had a multicolor Mohawk haircut and computers were the size of garages.
His first business was a one-man consulting company for the programming language Smalltalk, which grew to have offices in several countries, profitable subsidiaries and inspiring partners.
From his employees he learned that power comes from simplicity, and that you only have to dig deep enough to find a really elegant and simple solution. After selling his first venture he travelled as a business angel, warning other entrepreneurs about his mistakes. At the same time, he invested in startups and started ventures in the sustainable business area.
Thorsten tries to blend economic interests and social responsibility – just as Kumbayja does.
Dr John Bird
& Award Winning Author
As an atmospheric scientist, Dr. John Bird investigated the Arctic ozone hole, prior to his posting at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. He holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, and taught at several universities including Imperial College in London. He broke the world altitude record for hang gliding. He has published over seventy magazine articles and peer-reviewed scientific papers; he is the author of The Upper Atmosphere, published by NASA; and his new book One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole, won an award at the 2016 New York Book Festival.
National Technical Officer
Nasser Kettani is graduated from French Orsay University, in Computer Engineering and Cognitive Science. He has 30 years of experience in the IT and software industry working for leading IT companies including Rational Software, IBM and Microsoft. He spent most of his career in Europe. His background includes Software Architecture, Design and Development, Project Management, Consulting, International Standardization, Sales and Marketing, and Technology Leadership.
In 2005, Nasser Kettani joined Microsoft as General Manager for North. After few years, he was appointed as the Director of the Technology Office for the Middle East and Africa (MEA).
As the Chief Technology Officer for MEA, Nasser Kettani is the Microsoft Ambassador in the region; he supports and advises Governments, Customers and Partners, in their journey to digital transformation, as they assess the impact of major technology shifts and as they build national ICT policies, strategies, frameworks and regulations that allow them to make the best out of these major ICT developments. He also works with the Microsoft Engineering teams to advise on regional government requirements. His areas of expertise spans, amongst other things, Innovation, Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Data Privacy, IoT, Spectrum, Accessibility, Interoperability, e-Government, Smart-Cities, e-Education, Internet Governance, …
Nasser is currently is the Rapporteur of the ITU-D Study Group on the Access to Cloud Computing for Developing Countries. Nasser has an extensive experience on the development of International Standards; he has authored many articles and a best-selling book on Software Design and Modeling “De Merise à UML”. He was lecturer on Software development best practices at Dauphine University, Paris France and delivered hundreds of lectures at ICT conferences around the globe.
Precious is a training and development specialist in regenerative environmental issues and community organizing. She recently founded an organization called EarthWisdom, a network, which she formed immediately after her full time nine-year career in Holistic Management with Savory hub in Zimbabwe.
She was also recently nominated to be in the global steering committee of Regeneration International. Her vast experience in education and mobilizing communal populations and implementing institutions in Zimbabwe and Africa in restorative farming programs using Holistic Land and Livestock Management (HLLM) is the force behind her network. Her work currently focuses on training rural communities and collaborating with networks in Africa to reduce poverty, rebuild soils, and restore food and water security for people, livestock and wildlife.
Head of Corporate Strategic Planning
Based in Munich, Germany, Stefan has been a driver of Nokia’s Internet of Things and Smart City strategy and is actively working on Nokia’s transformation from a telecom equipment provider to a leader in the Programmable World. Before his current assignment, he spent nine years in Nokia China, where as Head of Strategic Programs he was engaged in various Smart City and Smart Grid projects. Stefan is a Philosophy, Politics and Economics graduate of Oxford University and holds a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs and Applied Economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.
Pilot & Founder
A pioneer unconstrained by certitude and stereotypes, an explorer of the human spirit more than an adventurer, he rejects all dogmas other than the need for all-embracing curiosity. As an enthusiastic balloonist and aviator, Bertrand tackles challenges that others consider impossible. He made the first ever non-stop round-the-world flight in a balloon and launched the «Solar Impulse» project for a solar airplane, in which he flew from Europe to Africa without a single drop of fuel. A doctor and psychiatrist, he derives from his training in hypnosis and his interest in oriental philosophies a different focus, putting human beings and their quality of life in the foreground.
Founder & CEO
Roger Christen, Engineer and MBA, is an international development expert. Following a career in management consulting in Canada with Price Waterhouse he has spent the last 26 years developing and implementing investment projects in Africa mainly for the World Bank programs. In 2007 he was the long-term technical assistant on the project that won the World Bank Excellence Award for Africa. The Madagascar Integrated Growth Pole project. He has focused on private sector led economic development in the areas of power sector reform, water and power utilities, mining, agriculture, wood transformation, tourism and communications. His earlier interventions were in privatization followed by growth poles and value chains. His focus now is working in green technology innovation in start-up ecosystems.
His current project is the development of a combined off-grid power system and light electric vehicle. A 70 vehicle pilot project to provide off-grid communities with this multi-purpose infrastructure platform is being implemented in Kenya with impact results expected early 2017. Some 70 million families live in off-grid rural areas in Africa without any hope of obtaining affordable power services in their lifetime. The Solar-E-Cycle © provides 3kWh of power daily or can travel 50km a day or a combination of the two. The solution is offered in an innovative leasing formula that makes it accessible to the poorest of the poor.
Mr Christen is also a shareholder in International Bike Manufacture (IBMA), responsible for solar and electric power systems. IBMA is a company being established in Morocco to build the Solar-E-Cycle as well as a full complement of light electric bicycles, tricycles, cargo-haulers and 4 wheel vehicles using e-bike technology that can be equipped with solar recharging. The company markets its products to Europe and Africa. Full production operations are expected to start in early 2017 from the Tanger Automotive Free Zone.
María Guzmán is a psychologist, writer, and life coach with over 20 years of experience. She is a native of Venezuela where she obtained her degree in Clínical Psychology and later received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Texas. In 2013; Ms. Guzmán was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and has transformed her experience into a voice of life to inspire cancer patients, survivors and their families. This has inspired her to become an international motivational speaker and leader in raising awareness on cancer prevention among young hispanic women all over the world and inspiring them to see the beauty of life in a disease. She currently serves in the Executive Board of Fundación Somos Vida; ONG dedicated to provide psychosocial and medical support to low income children with cancer in Venezuela as she continues her work in advocacy for breast cancer awareness and empowerment in young women around the world.
Hemp Eco Systems
Jorgen Hempel. Founder, President & CEO of Hemp Eco Systems. Danish. Graduate from IMD business school, Lausanne. Jorgen Hempel reached the position of CEO of Hempel Marine Paints at the age of 30. In 1990, he became a passionate of historical monuments renovation and start developing hemp as a promising building material. After having developed and professionalized HES products and designed specific machines and tools for the construction market, he founded Hemp Eco Systems in 2012 with the mission to re-introduce, worldwide, the use of natural materials in the housing and building sector, for the good of Nature & human beings.
Known as Japan’s singing ambassador, MIOU is a talented singer and song writer with a flair for fashion. Having achieved the award for the “Asian Top Fashion Singer of the Year 2011” in Dalian, China, MIOU has been performing worldwide on various international stages. When she takes the stage to sing, MIOU transforms it into a sight to behold. She is always clad in assembles that create trails of followers. MIOU brings Japan to the world through her music, preserving and sharing the beauty of traditional Japanese culture. While maintaining her own cultural identity, she fuses Japanese traditional sound with modern western beats to create an “East Meets West” crossover. MIOU moves to the tunes of the Land of the Rising Sun.
Surgeon & CNN Heroes
Yaoundé Central Hospital
Georges of the Jungle is the Robin Hood of Africa. Georges Bwelle is a surgeon at the Central Hospital in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. He works at the hospital during the week and on the weekends he travels with his team into the jungle to treat the sick. His method is simple: Provide free medical care to marginalized, destitute populations in the rainforests of Africa.
After studying medicine in Cameroon, Georges-Roger Motto Bwelle spent 15 months in Brussels, Belgium to further his knowledge of visceral surgery. When he returned home, he ran the medical center in Bengis, a small, impoverished community in southern Cameroon.
Then he got the idea to build a global network of medical professionals and student interns to provide free health services to poor regions throughout the African continent. In July 2008, Georges created the non-profit organization ASCOVIME which focuses on health and education issues.”
Director of Programme Division
Maria-Noel joins UN Women from UNOPS Headquarters in Copenhagen, where she served as the Director for Global Portfolio Services Office and Partnerships Practice Group, and was responsible for the operational results of UNOPS global portfolios and for the establishment of UNOPS strategic partnerships.
Maria-Noel previously served as the Regional Director of UNOPS for Latin America and the Caribbean (LCO), responsible for a regional portfolio of 270 projects in 22 countries with a total budget of $ 2.4 billion for the 2007-2013 period and an annual average delivery of nearly $ 400 million. She spent fourteen years at UNDP, where she held various posts including Senior Advisor, Deputy Resident Representative in Paraguay, and Senior Manager for the Recovery, Reconciliation and Reform Programme.
Prior to joining UNDP, Maria-Noel held multiple positions in Uruguay’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Political Counselor in Uruguay’s Embassy to the US and as Delegate of Uruguay to the UN General Assembly. She was also the alternate Representative of Uruguay to the World Bank Board of Directors.
Maria-Noel is a National of Uruguay. She holds a Doctorate in Law and Social Science from the University of the Republic of Uruguay and a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.
Chair, Climate Stabilization
Council Board of Trustees
Bill works mainly on the standardization of methods for life cycle environmental performance assessment (LCA) and reporting. Bill chairs the US Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization subcommittee on LCA, as well as the LEO-S-002 committee developing American national LCA standard using the ANSI process.
Bill also chairs the Board Trustees of the Climate Stabilization Council, which works toward practical, effective solutions to the climate issue.
As Chief of Environmental Services with the Bureau of Reclamation, Bill managed more than 100 scientists and engineers who provide technical support to Reclamation and other clients on a fee-for-service basis, including ecological assessment and management, water treatment engineering and research, remote sensing and geographic information, and economics.
Previously Bill managed Western Area Power Administration’s environmental program, including environmental management system development, self-assessment, and quality assurance, and headed an environmental technical support center for Western’s field offices. Under Bill’s leadership, Western became a charter member of EPA’s Performance Track Program for exemplary environmental performers.
Before coming to Western in 1991, Bill worked in environmental planning, fisheries assessment and enhancement, pest and hazardous waste management, and environmental education for the Bureau of Reclamation in Denver, Colorado, and Amarillo, Texas.
Bill’s interests include western water and power resources management, including environmental assessment techniques and systems to support water and power resource decisions. In the summer of 2000, Bill initiated a life-cycle environmental impact assessment of hydropower produced from Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River.
Bill chaired an ASTM task group developing a standard for the quantification and reporting of the environmental performance of electric power generation facilities. He is past-chair of the Electric Power Research Institute’s Watershed and Ecosystem Advisory Council and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s Environmental Committee.
Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan is the first-ever United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. He assumed office in February 2013. A strong youth advocate at the national, regional and international levels, Mr. Alhendawi was described by the UN Secretary-General as “the youngest senior official at the United Nations”. He previously worked as the Youth Policy Advisor in the League of Arab States. Prior to this, he served as a Team Leader for the National Youth Policy Project in Iraq, a Youth Programme Associate at the Iraq office of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and as the Emergency Programme Officer at the non-governmental organization Save the Children.
Born in 1984, Mr. Alhendawi holds a Master’s degree in Advanced European and International relations, a diploma as “Policy Officer in European and International Organizations” from the Institut Européen in Nice, and a Bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from the Al-Balqa Applied University in Jordan.
Senior Vice President
SCS Global Services
Linda Brown is co-founder and Senior Vice President of SCS Global Services, an innovative global leader in third-party environmental, sustainability, and food quality certification, auditing, testing, and standards development. Over three decades, Ms. Brown has supported the development and implementation of strategic initiatives and certification programs in areas such as sustainable agriculture, resource management, climate accounting, and green building product assessment. Ms. Brown has authored numerous articles on environmental certification, life-cycle assessment, and food safety issues, participated in a wide range of standards development efforts, and presented before audiences around the world.
Minister of Urbanism
& National Land Settlement
M. Driss Merroun que S.M le Roi Mohammed VI a nommé, le mercredi 20 mai 2015, Ministre de l’Urbanisme et de l’Aménagement du Territoire est ingénieur d’Etat en génie civil, diplômé de l’Ecole Hassania des Travaux Publics.
Il est membre de la Chambre des Conseillers et président de la Commune de Ain Mediouna à Taounate depuis 2009. Le nouveau Ministre de l’Urbanisme et de l’Aménagement du Territoire a aussi occupé pendant deux mandats, les postes de vice-président et président de la commission de la région Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer.
De 2003 à 2009, il a été élu au conseil de la ville de Salé. Expert en urbanisme et infrastructures, M. Merroun avait occupé de 1978 à 1994, les postes d’ingénieur chef auprès des municipalités de Tétouan, de Larache et de Salé, en tant que responsable de la programmation, de l’équipement et de l’urbanisme. Il a également occupé des postes dans le secteur privé, notamment en tant que directeur général d’une entreprise de construction et de travaux publics.
Earthsavers DREAMS Ensemble
UNESCO Artists for Peace
Actress-director, writer, founder of Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA), a national theatre movement and president of social change network of the International Theatre Institute and director of Earthsavers Ensemble, a socially integrated performing group of disabled, disadvantaged and indigenous youth honored as a Magsaysay laureate for outstanding public service and UNESCO Artist for Peace. Multi award-winning theatre broadcast producer-host as Best Drama and Educational series and Gender-Friendly radio Balintataw on DZRH.
Maroc Numeric Fund
Ms. Dounia Boumehdi is the General Manager of MITC Capital, the managing company of Maroc Numeric Fund (MNF) a moroccan investment fund dedicated to the ICT sector (www.mnf.ma). More recently and as part of the MNF’s activities, Mrs. Boumehdi has set up a business club Angels, MNF Angels, to support entrepreneurs during the early phases of their societies and complete the presence of Fund over the entire value chain financing.
She brings over thirtheen years of experience in structured finance and private equity with 8 years in the capital development funds at Caisse de Dépot et de Gestion Private Equity.
Ms. Boumehdi is a graduate from ISG Paris and holds an Executive master in Project Management from Ecole des Mines Paris, France. Dounia is often solicited as a mentor and jury member in international and local entrepreneuship competitions. In 2014, she was a jury member of the Innovation Prize of Africa (IPA) a leading Innovation competition in Africa supported by the African Innovation Foundation. .
Director of Organization, Information & Quality
Chambre Française du Commerce et d’Industrie du Maroc
Mme Zeineb BENKHADRA, est directrice de l’Organisation, des Systèmes d’Information et de la Qualité à la Chambre Française de Commerce et d’Industrie du Maroc.
Elle est responsable de la mise en place de la démarche RSE à la Chambre Française de Commerce et d’Industrie du Maroc, sur la base de l’lSO 26000.
Elle est également auditeur qualité pour le référentiel de l’ISO 9001.
Diplômée de l’IAE en France et titulaire d’un master en Management de la Qualité et de l’organisation.
Head of Communication
Air Transport Action Group
Haldane Dodd is head of communications at the Geneva-based Air Transport Action Group. This organisation, the only global grouping of players from across the aviation industry, brings together airports, airlines, air navigation service providers and aircraft and engine manufacturers to agree common goals. Its current mission is to promote dialogue on aviation’s sustainable future, including coordinating the industry’s climate change policy efforts at a global level.
He coordinates the cross aviation industry communications initiative enviro.aero, working with ACI, IATA, CANSO, Airbus, Boeing, GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce, Bombardier and CFM to increase dialogue between the industry and the flying public on aviation’s environmental commitments.
He has also done extensive work to demonstrate the aviation industry’s economic and social benefits through the www.aviationbenefits.org web resource and the report Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders.
Haldane has coordinated industry participation in a number of United Nations processes, including at ICAO, the UNFCCC, Green Climate Fund and at the Rio+20 conference.
Previously, Haldane was communications manager with Airports Council International world headquarters where he worked on issues such as the environment, security and airport economics.
A British native, Haldane also holds New Zealand citizenship and started his aviation career at the listed company Auckland International Airport Limited, which runs New Zealand’s busiest airport.
He has a background in broadcast media and holds a Bachelor of Communications Studies.
Founder & Executive Director
Women’s Earth Climate and Action
Osprey Orielle Lake is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN). She works nationally and internationally with grassroots and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers and scientists to mobilize women for climate justice, resilient communities, systemic change and a just transition to a clean energy future. She is Co-Chair of International Advocacy with the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and directs WECAN’s advocacy work in programs such as Women for Forests, frontline community delegations and raising women’s voices events. She is author of the award-winning book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.
Project Manager at ITU
& Founder Zaila Association
Ali Sbai is advocating the protection of the nomadic way of life in the desert through the association Zaila, which campaigns for sustainable and respectful development.
Ali was born in southern Morocco in a place called M’hamid about 500 km south of Marrakech. This area is located in the stretch between the mountains and where the Sahara desert begins, on the border of Algeria and Mauritania. Ali spent his young years as a shepherd and led a real nomadic life. Ali Sbai has PhD in Physics and now he works at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva. Yet he is still connected to this region and its people.
The number of Saharan nomads is decreasing and with that, ancestral knowledge about the desert is being lost. According to Ali Sbai, because nomads know how to live in harmony with nature, they should be models for action when it comes to preserving the environment. Nomads have for thousands of years managed to maintain their resources and survive in some of the most hostile conditions on earth.
Pollution, plastic bags, mass tourism and desert rally racing are threatening this environment and their inhabitants. Zaila, the association Ali Sbai created with some friends, is leading various projects to promote the natural and nomadic lifestyle, which will ultimately preserve the ecosystem.
One of its biggest projects is the drafting of a Desert Charter. We sat down with Ali Sbai and he shared with us some of his reasons as to why we should respect the desert and how valuable and fragile our ecosystem is.
Amanda Joy Ravenhill
Professor of Sustainable Business, Climate Activist
Co-founder Isleford Boatworks
Amanda Joy Ravenhill is Senior Advisor to the Buckminster Fuller Institute. BFI is dedicated to catalyzing transformative solutions to complex global problems through design-thinking education. Previously she was Co-Founder and Executive Director of Project Drawdown, a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming. Her background includes being Professor of Sustainable Business at Presidio Graduate School, Co-Founder of The Hero Hatchery, Head of Business Partnerships at 350.org, and Americorp Fellow. She is a lecturer and public speaker in topics such as biochar, regenerative design, climate drawdown strategies, mindfulness and systems thinking.
UN Women Civil Society Advisor, Former President Caribbean network of Rural Women Producers, Executive Committee of the Global Assembly of Partners towards Habitat III
Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers, Farmers Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Assembly of Partners towards Habitat III (GAP). Mildred is the Past President of Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers; a farmer, and practitioner in community organizing and people empowerment, working with women in rural communities for over 14 years. She is currently a President for St. Catherine chapter of Jamaica Agricultural Society. She spearheads projects for poverty reduction, social protection and is an advocate for rural women in Latin America and Caribbean territories. She has participated as an expert in the Expert Group Meeting on “Enabling rural women’s economic empowerment: institutions, opportunities and participation” based on expertise and experience in the subject matter/ rural women. This allowed the opportunity to write and discuss a paper on Women’s Role in Agriculture and contribute to the formulation of recommendations for the report of the CSW56 meeting. This was held in Accra Ghana, in September 2011. Currently, Co-Chair for Farmers PCG at General Assembly of Partners; and sits before UNWomen as Civil Society Advisor on behalf of rural/grass root women of Latin America and Caribbean. She works assiduously in the agricultural sector especially on the issue of Climate change and economic empowerment.
Earth Development & Taayoush City
Association Initiative et Developpement
Aged 50 years old, Ali Zamharir cumulated more than twenty five years of international programs that targeted deep activities and projects for the benefit of the young, the women, and the people with disabilities. Different Partenership with different organisms : the International Young Nature Friends (1991 – 1996), the European Union (Meda Democracy 1996 – 2000), United Nation Developpement Programme (2001- 2004), Handicap International (2005- 2006), Programme Concertée Maroc (Cooperation Francaise 2006-2010), different programs and Foundations (World Bank, Fondation Horyou 2010 – Now). Education, Culture, and social developpement are the main fields of his interventions, and he was among the first to introduce the new technologies and internet (1996) as a tool in the the educational workshops.
Dr Friederich is a Dutch National with more than 30 years working experience in Africa, Asia and Europe as natural resources manager; He has worked for local and national government, managed projects and programmes in an international organisation, and had national, regional and global briefs. Strategic planning and long-term thinking has been part of the job for most of his career.
Dr Friederich obtained his PhD from the University of Bristol, Geography Department and started his career in 1982 in Botswana. He joined the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 1989 in Eastern Africa and has been employed by IUCN for 24 years, in positions with increasing responsibility and authority. His last post with IUCN was Regional Director for Europe.
In 1994, Dr Friederich moved to the ASEAN Region, when he joined the National Environment Agency in Vietnam as Chief Technical Advisor. He was IUCN’s Country Representative in Hanoi from 1996 to 1999, and was based in Bangkok as Chief Technical Advisor for a UNDP/GEF Wetlands Conservation and Development Project in the lower Mekong Region from 1999 to end of 2003. In January 2004, Dr Friederich moved to Switzerland, as the Head of the global fundraising unit of IUCN.
He is now the Director-General of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR – www.inbar.int), based at its Headquarters in Beijing, China. INBAR is an international Inter- Governmental Organisation with currently 41 Member States, dedicated to improving the wellbeing of producers and users of bamboo and rattan within the context of sustainable development.
Dr Friederich has helped INBAR to make the change from a forestry research institution to a global development organization, through spearheading a new strategy, strengthening the relationship with United Nations and several Global Conventions and launching the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan.
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